• A photo of Dr. Marion Thompson Wright.

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    This East Orange native became the first black historian to earn a Ph.D. at Columbia University.

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  • Did you know?

    A Russian immigrant, this woman settled in Hoboken and became the president and co-founder of Maidenform, Inc., a leading brassiere company.

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  • A photo of Mary Yamashita Nagao

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    A New Jersey transplant, who was interned at a Japanese concentration camp in California, became a labor leader and active in local politics.

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  • A photo of the New Directions for Women in New Jersey newspaper.

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    This New Jersey woman published the first feminist newspaper in the United States in 1972.

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  • A photo of a drawing of Esther Saunders.

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    A New Jersey woman gained her freedom, bought her own home, and wrote poetry during the early 19th century.

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  • A photo of blueberries.

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    A New Jersey woman developed the nation's first cultivated blueberry.

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  • A photo of Virginia Apgar.

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    A doctor from Tenafly invented the Apgar test, a newborn scoring system.

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  • Photo of woman operation hand drill

    Library of Congress Guide to Women’s History Month

    The Library of Congress guide to exploring Women's History Month Events / Guides / Archives

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The New Jersey Women's History Project is an educational resource for students, teachers, and those interested in learning more about the history of women in New Jersey. Utilizing digital scholarship and historical research methods, and blended and experiential learning techniques, the project aims to research, document, and curate the historical and cultural contributions of New Jersey women.

The project currently includes biographies of New Jersey Women, information on a wide variety of historical topics, and an extensive bibliography of resources. In the near future, the project will be integrated into specific Rowan University History and Gender Studies courses, where students will research topics and develop content for the project. We also have plans to incorporate the project within a Cultural Geography course, where students will focus on documenting and mapping historical sites for tourism. The project will also integrate education courses, where students will develop units and lesson plans that utilize the project's content. These units and lessons will be shared through the website.

The original website was developed by the Alice Paul Institute, with financial assistance from a project grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission (a division of the Department of State) and through the Discover NJ History License Plate Fund for Heritage Tourism Grant Program of the New Jersey Historic Trust. During the spring of 2020, the Rowan University Libraries Digital Scholarship Center partnered with the Rowan University History Department to acquired the project for future development.

To learn more about the history of this project, please visit: About the project

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